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We Review: Aliens: Colonial Marines

Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror, Alien may have had a slow start but the sense of dread built up as every minute passed by. I found it foreboding, and terrifying in places. Seven years later, James Cameron’s sequel was much less scary but punchier in the action department. It was where most of the shooting took place. It so happens that shooting things makes good fodder for video games (Ed: Imagine that!), and Sega—with blessings from 20th Century Fox—tasked Gearbox Software (of Borderlands fame) with the fan service. A five-year development cycle later and Aliens: Colonial Marines was hatched. Is this the bug hunt you’ve been waiting for? Or is it a bad egg? My tour of duty continues after the jump.

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If you are a huge fan of the “Alien” franchise as I am, and if you haven’t heard of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, then my son you have been living under a rock.

After all those horrible sequels that followed Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi epic, he has finally returned to give what all fans have been waiting for. Saying that, he has made it very clear that Prometheus really is not a reboot or an “Alien” movie. It’s more of a stand-alone film that so happens to take place in the Alien universe. Whatever it is, it will explain the origins of the Xenomorph and, finally, that mysterious fossilized creature found aboard the derelict ship in the first “Alien”.

One of the most exciting details to come out, is that they brought back H.R. Giger. Giger’s designs, as fans know, were the inspiration for the original Alien film, which included the creatures and the spacecraft. This is a good omen as his art, coupled with Scott’s vision, is what made the film the classic it is today.

The Plot:  In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system’s natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.

The Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green & Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland. Yes Peter Weyland, the eventual partner of the notorious Weyland-Yutani Corporation in the films. As you can tell the story is not following the “Alien vs Predator” film’s Charles Bishop Weyland played by Lance Henriksen.

Well that’s enough from me, so watch the trailer, drool and let us know what you think.

Prometheus is due for release in the United States on June 8, 2012.

[via Youtube]

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The New “Robin Hood” Trailer Hits The Mark

From the melodramatic tagline to Kevin Costner’s under-acting I don’t have any fond memories of watching Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. At school we despised Bryan Adams for the part he played in music class – our teacher forced us to sing the movie’s ending theme “Everything I do, I do it for you” when she knew very well that we’d rather be watching the hotties horse about in River Dance. In any case, a new Robin Hood movie is on the horizon and from the looks of the trailer, is set to be a more grittier take on the story of the legendary archer and swordsman. Check it out below.

Directed by Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator), the film sees Russell Crowe ditching the traditional tights in favour of a more menacing look – he’s armoured, very medieval, and quite angry about the injustices going on around these fair lands. Cate Blanchett stars as Lady Marian, and Mark Strong will play the King’s dastardly henchman, Sir Godfrey. Robin Hood is set to release worldwide on May 14th, 2010.

[via Cinematical]